For example, this morning, she went to explore in between two huge boulders. I called her, and I snapped a photo when I saw her enthusiastic recall and the ethereal light.
This time, she decided to carry a stick with her! She even improvises well!
This was another spontaneous recall, and I captured her fully aerial, with no paws on the ground. Her paws are about 8" above the ground.
That's why it's so hard for me when fear suddenly strikes her. Just the other day, she had the nerve to stand up straight when she met a dog who has bullied her in the past. Usually, Shyla hides or preemptively grovels as this dog approaches. Two days ago when Shyla stood tall to meet the dog, the dog snarled at her - and Shyla shrunk to the ground, shaking.
Then, today, we saw a different group of dogs, a group that has always been nice to her - and Shyla usually meets them without too much fear. But, today, Shyla was immobilized with fear - likely an after-effect of the snarl by a different dog a couple of days ago.
Quite simply, it breaks my heart to see Shyla so scared. These are not situations that I can control - because the dogs are off-leash and aren't easily controlled by their owners. Today, for some reason, I was moved to tears by Shyla's fear. Feeling her shaking as I soothed her was too much for my spirit.